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Instruction book that explores multiple techniques and styles?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Octaves, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. Octaves


    Jun 22, 2012
    Hi there,

    I'm looking for an instruction book that provides an explanation and theoretical overview on each style of playing, eg, rock, funk, soul, roots, samba, latin etc.

    I've recently discovered that I am okay working within the 4/4 framework, but want to expand my horizons. Latin and Samba (are they the same thing) really appeals to me. As does funk. I've downloaded Esperanza Spalding's "I know, you know" notation from Simon Merrick's Bassment website (thanks Simon if you're reading). I know it's in 4/4, but it seems to have a swing feel to it.

    I know there is a book available that is similiar to what i am describing, i just can't recall the title.
  2. Octaves


    Jun 22, 2012
    I'm thinking maybe it's the Bass Bible by Mel Bay.

    There is another similiar one available. If anyone thinks of the name, please let me know. :)
  3. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    I thought pretty much every book have some riff in many different style of music ...

    But in the end they are pretty much all in 4/4 or 3/4 where the accent aren,t at the same place.

    if you really want to explore I think you should check out some prog or some stravinsky. You'll find 5/4, 3/2, 11/8 or 5/8 etc.
  4. Ed Freidland book: Bass Grooves(http://www.edfriedland.com/books/) explores all the different subdivisions of the beat in a great deal of depth. It then looks at how these are applied in different styles with loads of examples.

    It really gave me a concrete way of understanding different grooves rather than just trying to remember a feeling.
  5. Octaves


    Jun 22, 2012
    Cool. Thanks :)
  6. The Bass Bible by Paul Westwood, published by Mel Bay. Gives an overview of LOTS of world styles, with recorded examples. A great place to get started with what you're after.
    I haven't read the Ed Freidland book, but really he doesn't write any bad ones. Get 'em both!